Del Mar, CA – Two racehorses died during the opening weekend of fall racing at Del Mar. The first horse, a five-year-old gelding named Kazuhiko, died Friday shortly after the conclusion of the fifth race, collapsing while being walked back to the barn.
On Sunday, Coast of Roan, a six-year-old gelding, collapsed and died after the conclusion of the third race. Coast of Roan was visibly tired as the race drew to an end, finishing last as he was “eased to the wire.”
Both horses died “suddenly” and neither suffered an injury while running in the races.
Dr. Dana Stead, Del Mar’s chief veterinarian, was the first to reach Coast of Roan, telling the Del Mar Times:
“He had a faint heartbeat when I reached him, but it was quickly gone.”
Necropsies will be conducted on both horses to help determine their cause of death.